The member of the House of Representatives representing Oluyole federal constituency, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, has kick-started a five-day strategic training and empowerment program for women, youths and traditional birth attendants in the federal constituency.

A statement signed by her media aide, Olamilekan Olusada, and maid available to the media said that the five-day empowerment training kicked off on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, and would end on October 4, 2020, at her constituency office, Adegoke Plaza, New Garage, Ibadan.

Akande-Sadipe said that the program is aimed at training and empowering 30 women, youths, and traditional birth attendants in Oluyole federal constituency.

She hinted that the program is handled by a professional body, the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research, in conjunction with Gio Bisiano Nigeria Limited.

Speaking on the importance of the program, a facilitator, Mrs. Thomas Elizabeth Olayinka, said, “The program is to enlighten the traditional birth attendants to be effective in their traditional birth practices in order to reduce or eradicate maternal mortality and infant mortality.

“Also, we want to encourage them to have cordial relationship with other health workers.”

Mrs Olayinka further stated that “some communities are deprived of health centers, so the traditional birth attendants are there to help people, especially during childbirth. If there’s any difficulty, they know they are to refer to any government hospital, either tertiary, secondary or primary.”

The topics to be treated during the five- day training include: the role of traditional birth attendant; who is a traditional birth attendant?; the birthing process; emergencies and interventions during childbirth, among others.

As part of the training, participants will also go on an excursion to the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, on Saturday.

At the end of the training, participants will be given equipments needed during the process of childbirth, as well as certificates of participation.

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